Poll: Hillary Clinton Most Favorably Viewed Presidential Candidate

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Hillary Clinton is the most favorable and familiar presidential candidate from either of the two major parties, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

The poll was conducted in the wake of the discovery that Clinton had a private email address and server at her residence while serving as Secretary of State. It was, however, completed before Clinton addressed the issue and admitted to deleting some 30,000 emails she said were personal.

Even amid the controversy, Clinton was found to be the most favorable presidential candidate in the poll, garnering a 50 percent favorable rating. Thirty-nine percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of her, with 89 percent of the 1,522 U.S. adults surveyed offering their opinion of her.

Of the total 16 candidates, Clinton has a substantial favorable lead—whether the candidate is a Democrat or Republican.

The second most favorable candidate in the poll was current Vice President Joe Biden with 39 percent, with the same percentage unfavorable.

The highest showing for a Republican candidate was with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Thirty-five percent of respondents look favorably upon him, but those with an unfavorable opinion came in close to matching them with 33 percent.

Republicans Chris Christie, the Gov. of New Jersey, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took the final two spots in the top five.

Here is a graph mapping out each candidate's favorability, courtesy of Gallup:

Clinton’s strong showing displays her inching back up in favorability since she left her role as Secretary of State. When she left the State Department, about two-thirds of Americans had a favorable view of her, a number that has dropped since, reports The Los Angeles Times.

A Gallup survey taken in June of 2014, after Clinton released her book, “Hard Choices,” showed 54 percent of Americans saw her in a favorable light.

By comparing that poll’s results with the newest, it indicates that the email controversy was not significantly impacting how Americans view Clinton before she addressed the issue.

Sources: The Los Angeles Times, Gallup

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